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peculiar commodity. The owners
of the potato crop control the potato supply but the owners of labor power, the workingmen, can not reduce the supply of their com modity. The farmer can hold his potatoes for higher prices but the workingman must sell his labor power, or he starves. The demand for potatoes is fixed by the appe tites of the buyers. They cannot long postpone it. But the employ ers, the buyers of labor power, can wait indefinitely. Moreover they can actually reduce the demand for labor power, and at the same time increase their profits. This they do by the introduction of ma chinery. A printing office puts in type-setting machines fifty per cent of the men are thrown on the street the remaining ones work just as hard as ever they do as much work as the whole number did before the company's profits are bigger than ever and worst of all, if the remaining men dare to resist any injustice, here is a sup ply of trained printers, starved into servility, ready to take their jobs. Thus the employer controls the labor market. Even this is not all. Formerly it took years to learn a trade. When a strike occurred, the strikers fear ed only the unemployed of their own trnde. The machine has changed this. The trade can now be learned in a few weeks, often in a few days. Thus the whole number of the unemployed, regardless of their former trade, is available to the employer. The machine not only reinforces the army of the un employed. It brings the whole of that army to bear on each weak point in labor's ranks. Third.—If you could absolutely keep out the "scabs/' a strike would become a simple trial of endurance between the strikers and the em ployer. In such a trial the only question is: Which party has the larger reserve fund? Now, it is a notorious fact that the average cost of a strike, in wages lost to the strikers, is far greater than its cost to the employer. And it is equally certain that the capitalist reserve fund is many times ^greater than that of the working class. Fourth.—The workers allow them selves to be divided on false issues they suffer the tyranny of capital ism through the whole year, and then vote for the capitalist parties. The government has thus become the servile agent of the capitalist class. Its courts, its police, its militia, its regular army, are al THE LABOR WORLD ways at the service of that class. Homestead. Coeur d' Alene, Chi cago, Brooklyn, Cleveland and Leadville bear witness to this fact. How then, can you expect to be successful in a purely economic struggle? The capitalists attack you with two armies on the one side, the unemplojred, on the other, the soldiers. Your masters them selves, shielded by their wealth, alike from personal danger and from hunger and cold, can starve you* at their will or if you resist, can send out their hirelings to shoot you. There is but one way out. It is right to strike and boycott, when ever you can gain by it and the Socialists will support you in every such struggle. But it is necessary to do more. It is absolutely neces sary, if the workers are to be set free, for the working class to recog nize its own existence as a class, to unite in fighting its own battles, to conquer the political power now held by capitalists and their serv ants, and to use that power for the abolition of capitalism. And this is not an impracticable dream. The political movement needs no great reserve fund. It is not stopped by the machines. It changes the un employed from unwilling defend ers, to eager foes, of capitalism. It unites all trades. It defies all courts and armies. At the ballot box each man counts for one. When the working class unites there to vote for his own interests, it will be invincible. And it is the duty of every labor organization to help in bringing about this union. It is the duty of every honest laboring man to support it. The working man who preaches unionism all the year, but votes a scab ticket in November, must either be grossly ignorant or a traitor to his class. When trades-unionism took its rise in England almost a hundred years ago, the working people did not have the ballot. Since they could not use political means, they naturally organized for purely economic action. This was right and proper in its time. But that time has passed. At this day and in this country, where every man can vote, it is the height of folly for the working class to fail to use the ballot for their own class interests. This, then, is the position of the Socialist Labor Party. It endorses the unions in their present fight, but it calls upon them to become broader and more aggressive, and to fight the battle of the whole working class on both the economic and political fields. In supporting this position it has had to fight and destroy the misleaders of labor. But if the Socialist Labor party fights the labor fakir if it de nounces the scoundrel who sells its influence in the union to the poli ticians if it exposes the traitor who sells the union label to scab bosses if it attacks the leeches who squander the funds of the unions for their own benefit if it repudiates the so-called labor leaders who are hand-in-glove with capitalists and boodlers it it crushes every such parasite of the labor movement —ought not the honest trades-unionist, on this very account, join hands in comrade ship with the Socialist, and help in the work? FELLOW-WORKERS! We are ready. We ask no favors. We shirk no labors. We only call upon you to recognize us as comrades in a com mon and a righteous cause, and above all, to act. Section Minneapolis of the Social ist Labor Party:— By: WM. B. HAMMOND, E. E. STEVENS, T. H. LUCAS, G. B. LEONARD, A. H. LEE, Licked by Dogs. The following is an actual conversation which took place between a prominent silver leader of this city and a gold bug banker. Banker—Well, you fellows didn't have money enough and lost the election. Silverite—Yes, we are the Lazarus party. Banker—And Lazarus got licked. Silverite—Yes got licked by dogs. The familiar Dazzler comes to the Lyceum Nov. 23. Only the shell of the nut remains, and the meat in the new cocoa nut is all brand new. The songs, dances, humorous features and music are all of the latest, up to date order—bright, breezy and fetching. The comedians are laugh provokers and agile of foot while the girls are at tractive of form and face and pleasing of voice and foot. Committee.